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Capital City Chic

Danielle Crosby - Friday, June 24, 2016

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Infused with contemporary style, the combination of plantation shutters and sheer curtains creates the ultimate refined look for this modern canberra home.

Given the abundance of sunlight flooding the home, plantation shutters were the ideal choice. The real beauty of shutters is you can tilt the easy to use louvers to any position, giving you complete light control.

With the windows facing the east, protecting the inside of the home from the harsh sunlight was also a must, so dcb designs Basswood shutters were chosen. Constructed from premium Basswood timber, the shutters offer high insulation properties, and are also tested to endure the harshest temperatures of the Australian sun.

Ensuring light control, the DCB designs shutters were also installed for their UV protection. In the bay window the shutters louvres are easily adjustable to re-direct the light away from the upholstered seating to prevent fading to the furniture.

Dollar Curtains & Blinds has also installed the shutters with no corner gaps, allowing for complete protection from UV damage. The shutters’ small projection also proves ideal in this space, and in the hallways, ensuring the window coverings intrude as little as possible into the interiors.

Plantation shutters are highly functional when used on doorways. Shutters are fixed to the doors, allowing no interference when the doors are opened and closed.

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Dollar Curtains & Blinds has also designed the shutters with cutouts, allowing for the shutters to be installed alongside the handles on the French doors.

Introducing tactile sheer curtains in the main living areas softens the architectural look of the shutters, creating calming and inviting spaces. The curtains were designed with a triple pinch pleat heading, creating a classic, timeless look, and the décor rods tie in with the door handles and light fittings, ensuring a consistent style throughout the home.

 

Dollar Curtains & Blinds can design a similar look in your home, our showrooms cover the whole of Melbourne and Victoria as well as areas surrounding Fyshwick and Mitchell in Canberra, Griffith, Batemans Bay, Merimbula and Wagga Wagga in New South Wales and Mt Gambier in South Australia.

Contact the DCB team for a showroom or in-home consultation.

 

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Material Benefits

Danielle Crosby - Friday, May 27, 2016

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Choosing a fabric that will bring your interior to life is an art itself. Charles Parsons shares some great selection tips.

Tip 1 Style and Setting

Is it a casual setting where you can use fun colours or trendy prints? Or a formal setting with more traditional patterns, or a muted colour palette? Is the look modern or contemporary? Think about the way you want the setting to look, and ensure it will fit in with other furnishings already in the room. If you want to embrace the latest fashions, make sure it is something that you truly like and can live with for years to come, long after the trend has passed!

Tip 2 Adding Depth and Proportion

You can’t change the size of the room, but you can change the perceived dimensions of the space with cleverly applied colours and patterns.

Drapery stripes tend to be vertical as they draw the eye up, creating the illusion of height and space.

In small rooms, you can make the space appear bigger by using lighter fabrics to make the walls appear to recede. Dark colours absorb light, making a room seem cramped and can give the impression that the room is closing in on you. Choose large-scale patterns as smaller ones can be chaotic in a small room.

If you have an oddly proportioned room, one option is to create an illusion of depth on one wall by using colour. Keeping the other walls neutral, decorate the last wall in a deeper contrasting colour and colour block with plain or textured drapery to give the impression that the wall is further away than it really is.

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Tip 3 Pattern Scales

When you’re choosing a pattern, consider the size of the design. Small curtains or blinds won’t show the full potential of a fabric with a large pattern. Similarly, a large curtain in a small-scale design can look busy and fussy.

Mix and match different patterns in the same room. The key to contrasting patterns is to ensure each pattern is a different scale. This prevents patterns from blending into each other and making the room look confused; the eye has trouble distinguishing between them at first glance.

Tip 4 Colour

Colour can change the whole mood of a room. You want to match the weight of the colour to the rest of the room. An electric blue curtain is going to look mighty out of place in a setting decorated in soft pastels, even if the rest of the room is blue! Different colours can work very well together if they are the same weight. Alternatively, a feature piece in a strikingly different weight can have real impact.

Also consider whether you want your furniture in cool or warm tones. Warm tones have an undercurrent of yellow, orange or red, making you think of sunlight and heat. Warm colours bring items closer and create a sense of intimacy and comfort. Cool colours create a sense of space and depth, and tend to have a hint of blue or stark white - it has nothing to do with whether the fabric shade is light or dark. You don’t necessarily need to create a whole room in one tone though. Statement pieces in a contrasting tone bring a welcoming sense of balance to a room.

For more helpful tips and information on Charles Parson's extensive fabric range, visit their website - http://www.charlesparsonsinteriors.com.au

The Dollar Curtains & Blinds team can work with you on how to select the best fabrics for your home, our showrooms cover the whole of Melbourne and Victoria as well as areas surrounding Fyshwick and Mitchell in Canberra, Griffith, Batemans Bay, Merimbula and Wagga Wagga in New South Wales and Mt Gambier in South Australia.

Visit your local showroom to view our extensive range of fabrics and colour choices. Our team can also book in a free in-home consultation with you to work through your interior design scheme and select the design solution best to suit your home's interior style. 

Add A Touch Of Luxury To Your Bathroom With Custom Made Curtains

Brianna Hatton - Thursday, April 14, 2016

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Here are some tips from our fabric wholesaler charles parsons interiors on how to add luxury to your bathrooms with our custom made curtains!

Many interior designers specialise in decorating bathrooms for this very purpose, making the zone feel like a relaxing escape from reality by installing lavish bathtubs, hanging soft towels, lighting scented candles and keeping bath salts and petals beside the tub.

But there's another element to completing the look that is often overlooked: designer curtains. Hanging by the window behind the tub, or beside the vanity, your bathroom curtains can bring class, elegance and sophistication to the space to make it feel more like a 'room' instead of an amenity.

Here's some tips for using custom made curtains to do this job.

Use custom made curtains as an accent colour

White is by no means the only hue to use in a bathroom, despite it being one of the most common palettes for a loo. Inject a pop of colour into the neutral tones of white, cream or grey by picking curtain fabric in vibrant hues. Red is a classic exemplar, instantly drawing the eye in towards the tone – try Asina Lychee or Asina Scarlet for a striking maroon and red-tinged fabric.

Echo the curtain colour in other focal points dotted throughout the bathroom, such as decorative objects, towels, rugs, toothbrush and soap stands, or shelving cabinets.

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The red accent colour in this minimalist bathroom could be enhanced by red custom made curtains.  

Complement the tub with curtain fabric

Spend time on any interior website, be it Elle Decor or Houzz, and you'll notice the trend of enormous tubs propping up. These bathtubs run the gamut from vintage versions with ornate clawed feet contrasting against otherwise sleek, modern bathrooms, or hyper-minimalist ceramic tubs making a statement in contemporary bathrooms lined in shiny marble tiles.

Pick curtains in a complementary style. For example, antique aesthetics can be evoked through floral curtain fabric such as Leathan Mulberry or Althorp Tweed. An alternative is to use Baroque-inspired regal patterns such as Corso Como Steel.

Having said that, don't underestimate the power of a sheer curtain in a warm colour such as orange or red. Light filtering through the fabric will reflect the hue across the bathroom, immersing the space in a whimsical light that creates ambiance and mood. Try Calypso Poppy to achieve this mystical atmosphere in your bathroom. It would look fantastic behind a green potted plant, as the red-and-green complementary colours will naturally offer harmony.

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Sheer curtain fabric with a tint, like this red curtain, lets light in but creates a mood too.

Choose curtains that embrace the current organic trend

A leading aesthetic in bathroom design right now is to mesh organic wooden elements with glass, steel and tile. Woven baskets, timber panelling, weathered wood shelves are all considered the creme de la creme of green interior design for bathrooms. Succulents and other indoor plants complete the earthy, natural look.

This style is in many ways influenced by the international drive towards sustainability and valuing green building methods. Not to mention, organic aesthetics are beautiful – indeed, as the father of organic architecture and revered architect Frank Lloyd Wright put it:

"Organic architecture seeks superior sense of use and a finer sense of comfort, expressed in organic simplicity."

It's this raw, natural simplicity that makes the incorporation of wood into bathroom spaces so pleasing. An idyllic way to stay on trend is by evoking the wooden-texture through your choice of curtain fabric. Koby Straw is a richly textured polyester material that fits the bill perfectly.

wooden-texture bathroom trendWooden elements and other earthy, organic materials are on trend in bathrooms.

Charles Parsons Interiors is one of the largest and most diverse fabric wholesalers in Australia and New Zealand. For more information on their collections and more tips on how to select your fabrics head to www.charlesparsonsinteriors.com.au


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